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Madam Satan (1930)

Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. But Angela has a plan to win back her husband's affections. An elaborate masquerade ball is to ... See full summary »

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (by), Gladys Unger (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Johnson ... Angela Brooks / Madam Satan
Reginald Denny ... Bob Brooks
Lillian Roth ... Trixie
Roland Young ... Jimmy Wade
Elsa Peterson ... Martha - the Maid
Jack King Jack King ... Herman
Eddie Prinz Eddie Prinz ... Biff (as Edward Prinz)
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... Zeppelin Captain
Wallace MacDonald ... First Mate
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Romeo
Ynez Seabury ... Babo
Theodore Kosloff ... Electricity
Julanne Johnston ... Miss Conning Tower
Martha Sleeper ... Fish Girl
Doris McMahon ... Water
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Storyline

Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. But Angela has a plan to win back her husband's affections. An elaborate masquerade ball is to be held aboard a magnificent dirigible. Angela will attend and disguise herself as a mysterious devil woman. Hidden behind her mask, and wrapped in an alluring gown, Angela as the devil woman will to try to seduce her unknowing husband and teach him a lesson. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Satan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,005
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White | Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

As things begin to go awry on board, one of the crew comments " Remember the the Shenandoah". This refers to the tragic crash in a sudden thunderstorm of the USS Shenandoah airship on Sept 3rd, 1925 in southeastern Ohio, which would have been a widely known event. See more »

Goofs

Angela closes the same door twice when she visits Trixie's appartment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Angela Brooks: Oh, Bobbikin, did you have a beautiful bath?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with smoke rising in the background, a reference to "satan", as mentioned in the title. See more »

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DeMille Rampant
19 November 2004 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A desperate wife disguises herself as the mysterious MADAME Satan in order to entice the attentions of her wayward husband.

In 1928, movie magnet Cecil B. DeMille, usually associated with Paramount Studios, signed a three-picture contract with mighty MGM. The most exuberant result of this new association--the others were DYNAMITE (1929) and THE SQUAW MAN (1931)--was this bizarre, florid, highly unusual and very entertaining musical-comedy-soap opera which almost defies categorization in any other way than to simply say it is a 'DeMille Picture.'

It was also the only musical he attempted (1930 was a year replete with singing stars enjoying--or abusing--the new sound technology) and perhaps that is a good thing, as the tunes here don't warble too well and are a bit of an embarrassment. Although the tale of marital infidelity which dominates the film's first half grows rather mawkish, DeMille awakes the audience in the second half by staging a naughty masquerade ball in a luxurious dirigible, no less, harbored high above New York City. Never one to let bad taste stand in his way, DeMille invites the viewer to wallow in Pre-Code purulence, before ending on a more moralistic note.

Kay Johnson, a very talented & lovely actress who is now sadly forgotten, gives a lively performance as the abandoned wife determined to win back her fickle spouse. She deftly weaves between drama & spoofery, making her dynamically diabolic appearance as the title character at the airship ball both mysterious and alluring. As her husband, Reginald Denny comes across as much more one-dimensional and unsympathetic, but then his role is supposed to register as rather bland when compared to that of Miss Johnson.

Owlish Roland Young is humorous, as always, this time playing Denny's best friend; his meek persona must hide a streak of wildness, however, to be able to host the truly bizarre zeppelin party. As Denny's young lover, Lillian Roth is all shrill, uncultured brashness--if this is what the director wanted, she hits the bulls-eye.

Movie mavens will recognize DeMille's own voice as the radio announcer at the end of the film.


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